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Reacting to a deadlocked Supreme Court, President Obama said the ball is now in the court of the American voters when it comes to immigration.

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A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Abortion, Race, Immigration Among Last Supreme Court Cases

Jun 22, 2016
Katie Harbath / The Texas Tribune

It happens every June. The Supreme Court nears the finish line with the most contentious cases still to be resolved.

Texas Tells Supreme Court State Has Right To Stop Immigration Action

Apr 18, 2016
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WASHINGTON — The state of Texas’ final and most important argument against President Obama’s immigration plan was interrupted just seconds after it began on Monday by one of the more liberal justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The immigration debate is stuffed with loaded phrases like “sanctuary cities” and “anchor babies,” but it's not new. University of California at Irvine Professor Leo Chavez has studied the subject for decades.

TCU Catholics Respond To Pope's Immigration Comments

Feb 23, 2016
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After the pope's criticism of Donald Trump's immigration policies last week, a priest at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth said Francis has taught the message of building bridges - not walls - all along.

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to review a challenge to President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

As we've reported, back in November 2014, Obama announced plans to shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Even before his plans got off the ground, lower courts put them on hold.

Houston Iraqi Refugee Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Jan 8, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Federal agents have arrested a 24-year-old Iraqi man who immigrated to Houston four years ago and charged him as a terror suspect allegedly aligned with the Islamic State, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston.

Federal immigration agents have initiated a controversial roundup of Central American families who were part of the border surge that began in 2014.

They are mainly young mothers with children whose asylum claims have been rejected. The Homeland Security Department says 121 have been picked up out of more than 100,000 immigrants who crossed the border illegally.

At a shelter home in East Austin, the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, have terrified immigrants here who lost their cases and await deportation.

He is known only as Case 0408. The remains of a middle-aged male immigrant were discovered in Jim Hogg County, Texas, on Nov. 3, 2009. Six belongings are the only things in the universe that may help identify him: a beat-up sneaker, a size L pullover shirt and hoodie, a ring found sewn into the waistband of his pants, a red and black lucha libre wrestler's mask, and a stuffed smiley lion.

Texas Explores Flexing Legal Muscles On Immigration

Dec 17, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Crafted carefully, state laws can be written that would allow Texas to crack down on undocumented immigrants and illegal border crossers without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a state attorney told lawmakers recently.

Jail Practices, Fingerprints Focus Of Texas House Immigration Hearing

Dec 11, 2015
Caleb Bryant Miller / Texas Tribune

The rumor that she isn’t tough on criminal immigrants who pass through her jail has grown like a well-fertilized plant, embattled Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez told a panel of state lawmakers on Thursday.

From Texas Standard:

Satsuki Ina is furious that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services would even consider the possibility of licensing immigrant family detention facilities as childcare centers.

"It's like putting lipstick on a pig," she says.

 

    

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Undocumented immigrant women detained in the privately run T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Facility went on a hunger strike in October.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the operation, has denied there ever was a hunger strike, saying that an individual has to miss nine consecutive meals for such a protest to be called a true hunger strike.

 


A new study of immigration to the United States shows that more Mexicans have returned home than have arrived here since 2009.

The report from the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center also finds that the overall flow of Mexicans between the two countries is the smallest since the 1990s.

On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

TAYLOR — Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists kicked off a 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion. 

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Last week, President Obama’s immigration plan suffered a setback, when a three-judge panel upheld a lower court’s injunction against it. The controversial program would have deferred deportation for more than 4 million undocumented immigrants across the country.

From Texas Standard:

Following another legal setback to President Barack Obama's immigration executive action, the Justice Department says it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lawsuit.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will begin denying some state dollars to "sanctuary cities" that don't fully cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.

Texas Activists Want Action on Immigration Issues

Nov 3, 2015
Eva Hershaw / Texas Tribune

While pro-immigrant activists pressure law enforcement authorities to take a gentler approach toward undocumented offenders in county jails, some conservatives are taking aim at Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over his decision not to act immediately to stop them.

Local Battles Brewing Over Sanctuary Cities

Nov 2, 2015
Caleb Bryant Miller / Texas Tribune

When Gov. Greg Abbott sent a public letter last week reprimanding Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez for softening her approach to detaining undocumented immigrants booked into her jails, saying it posed a “serious danger to Texans” and may require state action, it confused many immigrant rights activists.

Abbott Warns Dallas County About 'Sanctuary' Immigrant Policy

Oct 26, 2015
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned the Dallas County sheriff on Monday that her new and softer approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants who commit crimes “will no longer be tolerated in Texas,” but his office said any reforms will have to wait until 2017.

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The term "alien" is used to describe many things.

It's the monster that claws its way out of bodies in the Sigourney Weaver franchise. It's the odd-looking form with almond shaped eyes which trolls trailer parks, probing unsuspecting earthlings. One of them allegedly piloted a craft that crash-landed in Roswell, N.M. Maybe an alien will soon may ring your doorbell, shouting "trick-or-treat."

The word "alien" has many uses, but Rep. Joaquín Castro says the word has no business in the official language of the United States. He's calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing.

 


Austin Mayor Steve Adler is among those calling on Texas state leaders to drop a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.


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Chinese immigrants who arrived at San Francisco's Angel Island were regarded as criminals, unlike Europeans who docked at Ellis Island on the opposite coast. Erika Lee talked to Think host Krys Boyd about how the first immigration laws in the U.S. targeted the Chinese -- especially laborers -- and The Making of Asian America

Mexican Government Files Brief In Birth Certificate Case

Aug 25, 2015
Josh Denmark / Texas Tribune

The denial of birth certificates to U.S. citizen children born to immigrant parents not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being, but it could also threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas, the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the state.

In McAllen, Jeb Bush Gets Testy Over 'Anchor Baby' Questions

Aug 24, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

McALLEN — The immigration debate currently consuming the presidential race found its way to this border destination Monday with a sometimes contentious visit by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who panned the proposals of Donald Trump but defended his use of a term the billionaire has injected into the 2016 race.

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An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says most people born in the U.S. are automatically citizens.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over President Barack Obama's plan to protect as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation.

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